Questions to Ask a Full Mouth Reconstruction Dentist
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If you are considering a full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover, it’s important to make sure that your dentist is highly qualified to perform the procedure. Nothing will make more of a difference in your results than your choice of dentist, so it’s important to choose your dentist with care.
To help you make your choice, here are a few questions you should ask of any dentist you are considering for your full mouth reconstruction.
How Will You Ensure My Results Are Functional and Attractive?
A full mouth reconstruction is different from many cosmetic dentistry procedures because it has the ability to dramatically change the way your bite functions. Ideally, this should be for the better–one common reason why people request full mouth reconstructions is that they are experiencing bite problems related to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) that may have contributed to widespread tooth damage.
The best approach for ensuring that teeth work together harmoniously with the rest of the jaw is neuromuscular dentistry. You want to make sure your dentist is well trained in both neuromuscular dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.
How Many Reconstructions Have You Done?
Training is vital to ensuring your dentist knows how to perform the restorative dentistry procedures in full mouth reconstruction, but there are also lessons that only experience can teach, and you don’t want your reconstruction to be a “learning experience” for your dentist.
You want your dentist to have a good body of experience–probably at least a dozen cases. There’s no set number of cases that your dentist should have performed, because dentists learn at different speeds, and some dentists may have reached a mature level of experience after seven cases, while others may take twenty or thirty. Ask dentists what they have learned from the cases they’ve done and gauge how you feel about their experience.
Can I Talk to a Previous Full Mouth Reconstruction Patient?
Online reviews are useful for getting a sense of which dentists you want to avoid, but when you’re choosing a dentist to perform your full mouth reconstruction, there’s no substitute for speaking to someone who’s gone through the experience with that dentist. You will want to be able to ask questions and hear the tone with which they’re answered and get details no one puts in an online review.
Any professional who does good work should be able to give you references. A quality dentist should maintain long-term relationships with guests at their practice, and if they have done a reasonable number of full mouth reconstructions, they should have several guests who would be happy to talk to you about their experience.
Because of privacy concerns, they may not be able to give you a name right away. Instead, they may want permission to give your contact information to their reference.
What Is the Longest You’ve Observed a Full Mouth Reconstruction Case?
Longevity is a crucial concern for full mouth reconstruction, so you want to know that your dentist has not only performed quality full mouth reconstructions, but that they’ve held up over time. Again, dentists are a in a great position to maintain contact with guests for long periods of time, so hopefully they can give you assurance that they have seen their work last for at least ten years.
This also gives you a great opportunity to talk about what your longevity expectations should be, and what additional treatments you might anticipate over time.
Dr. Kent E. White: a Standout Neuromuscular Dentist
If you are looking for a dentist who can perform your full mouth reconstruction in Nashville, then you have to talk to Dr. White. Dr. White has extensive training in a wide range of disciplines that can help ensure success in your full mouth reconstruction, including neuromuscular dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
He is prepared to perform all the procedures necessary to achieve the results you desire, from teeth whitening to orthodontics to dental implants.
If you want to learn more about the outstanding training and experience of Nashville dentist Dr. White, please call (615) 383-6787 for an appointment at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.